Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Guest Post By Angela Shelton Author of Tilda Pinkerton's Magical Hats

Be Inspired to Write Your Book!

We all have a book in us and some of us have a series!

The question is if you answer that inner call from the writer in you – or not.

I’ve heard from so many who say they want to write and have so many ideas but their list of fears and/or excuses outweigh their list of story ideas.

Well, I have a few suggestions.

First let me share that I too had a book knocking at my brain, or on my hat actually. It was one of Tilda Pinkerton’s Magical Hats that was poking me, teasing me, and constantly reminding me that hello – there are a whole series of stories in here – get to your laptop, take up your pen!

I paused in beginning to write the Tilda books because they were TOTALLY outside of my genre.

I write Southern stories like Tumbleweeds and the soon to be revealed Chocolate Gravy. I also write self-help books for survivors of trauma.

But a fantasy series about an amazing woman who makes magical hats?

Ah… who in my audience will understand that and BUY a copy?


Despite the constant hounding of the stories in me, telling me to write them down already – I had to have some real long discussions with myself.

Those discussions apply to you and your inner writer too!

Every time you have a voice pop into your head with whatever fear, excuse, or delay in your creativity, here is what to do:

Switch It and Write.

I don’t have time to write.   SWITCH - I make time to write.

Who will read this book?  SWITCH – The stories want to be released, they will find an audience, and otherwise they would not be pestering me like this!

You don’t make money on a book unless it’s erotica or about vampires.  SWITCH – These stories don’t care about money, it’s my duty to let them live free, on the page. I don’t let money stop my creativity.

I don’t know where to start.  SWITCH – My characters tell me where to start, stop and continue.

This book is unlike anything I’ve ever done.  SWITCH – I’m so grateful these stories chose me to come through. They are a blessing.

I’m not a writer.  SWITCH – We are all writers and we all have a story. I’m grateful for mine.

You get the idea.

The point is to write.

When you do, little miracles show up you were not expecting.

Had I not listened to the Tilda stories and guided them to the page, I would not have seen the beaming faces of the young kids who love her, telling me how they are making their own hats now.

I would not have heard from the elderly woman who read them and loved them so much she is leaving me her entire hat collection – and what a collection she has!

You never know who will show up as readers, so just write.

Angela SheltonAbout Angela Shelton:
Angela Shelton is an author, actor, blogger and public speaker. She has been writing since she was eight years old. Her first novel was adapted into the movie Tumbleweeds. Angela won a regional Emmy award for her portrayal of Safe Side Superchick in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein’s Julie Clark and America’s Most Wanted’s John Walsh. After living in Los Angeles for over a decade, Angela left the big city for a one-light country town to marry her first love and fulfill her dream of writing books in a barn house.
Find out how Angela has incorporated the character of Tilda Pinkerton into an entire line of book projects, each geared towards a different age group at  www.MagicHatShop.com
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks again for taking part in the tour and hosting Angela!